Acme Studios — Martin R. Dean

Supporting Artists since 1972

Martin R. Dean

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Martin R. Dean is a Swiss writer and essayist with a Caribbean background (Trinidad & Tobago). He writes about intercultural issues, racism, identity and forms of love. In 2009 he wrote the novel A Suitcase Full of Wishes (2011) in London, in which he describes the relationship between a Swiss woman and the son of a Swiss immigrant. Among his most famous works are the story of his two Caribbean fathers Meine Väter (2003), the essay on foreign lands Verbeugung vor Spiegeln (2015) and the romance novel Warum wir zusammen sind (2019).

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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